Today’s guest has worked for more than a decade to create and preserve affordable housing in Massachusetts. Currently she is the Director of Public Policy at Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (she was promoted to Executive Director the day before this aired!), previously she served as Chief of Staff and Housing Policy Director for former State Senator Susan Tucker and as a Senior Policy Advocate at Homes for Families. Most recently, she was the Director of Public Policy at the Alliance for Business Leadership, a non-partisan alliance of CEOs, executives, entrepreneurs, and investors working to promote long-term economic growth and prosperity for all. She is an alum of LeadBoston class of 2015.

Please join me in welcoming Rachel Heller.

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In this episode we explore:

  • her thoughts on leadership – “Leadership is bringing people together to solve problems. There is no shortage of problems that we face and I don’t think any one person can solve them on their own. From my experience, it’s really been bringing people together to tap into the best ideas and chart a course forward to a solution.”
  • how rewarding it has been to work cross-sector with several groups to find a new approach to addressing family homelessness through the On Solid Ground coalition.
  • the challenges of working with groups that “speak different languages” and “work on different priorities” – yet it's that diversity of perspective that is helping them make progress.
  • her intention to unplug on a regular basis so she can be more present with her family

Stay tuned until the end of the episode to hear what I thought were the key take-aways you could put into practice this week and benefit from for years to come.


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